Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
Record label: Tri Tone
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
Review Summary: A patchwork of promise.Savoir Adore kicked off their musical career with one rule, straight-forward enough. Their debut EP had to be done within 48 hours, and with no acoustic guitars. A challenge to foster creativity? Perhaps. If creativity wasn't a part of the group's humble beginning, though, it's certainly a part of the formula in 2012.
What seems like an awfully long time ago now, I fell in love with Savoir Adore. Their 2009 debut In The Wooded Forest was a sun-dappled, bare foot jaunt, an art-pop gem that had aficionados sticking two brightly coloured pins into the heart of Brooklyn on their wall-maps. It falls to Our Nature to reignite sustained interest in whether Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro can successfully tackle the difficult second album question.
Here’s a theory – pop albums are like parties, in that their success depends on their not going on for too long. Linger too late at even the best get-togethers and you can hit the tipping point where the atmosphere dies; similarly, an album can put a great deal of hard-won excitement in jeopardy by outstaying its welcome and running out of steam. So it is with Savoir Adore’s second LP Our Nature, being released now on Nettwerk after being put out independently last October.
N.Y.C. duo Savoir Adore don't exactly break any new ground on their second album, Our Nature. The glittery disco beats meet dream pop meets new wave sound is one that many bands have tried on for size. Friendly Fires, for one. Cut Copy, another. The duo of Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro manage to give ….
The Brooklyn synth-pop scene has, in recent years, come to rival that of the monumental Scandi-pop scene, pilfering liberally from the likes of Robyn and Lykke Li, while pouring just a smidgen of Billyberg jollop over it for the kids who need an added element of ironic cool with which to digest their pop. Savoir Adore are but another to emerge from such a scene, having already unleashed The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat on a mostly 'meh' world back in 2008.
When sleep-disorder-afflicted comedian Mike Birbiglia speaks of his inability to wake up in the morning, he refers to “Sleepy Carl”, a different person that enters his body and proves leaving bed nearly impossible with temptations like, “Why would you go out there when you could stay here and ride on a Ferris wheel made of pizza?” Although it lacks any talk of carnival rides made of food, Savoir Adore’s Our Nature acts as a synth-filled, indie-pop landscape for the likes of Sleepy Carl, as album opener “Dreams” “invites listeners into a magical dream world. ” This Brooklyn-based “fantasy pop” duo (Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro) has been using mythical settings for most of their band’s lifetime (five or so years). But Our Nature ties the song’s stories a little closer to earth while allowing the music to dreamily swirl its listener into reverie.
There are so many bands competing for attention in Brooklyn, you just have to be really good at songwriting, right? That’s what “fantasy pop” duo Savoir Adore seems to be going for. Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer started their project by creating their own new set of fairy tales, but on Our Nature, their lyrics come back to earth while letting their music explore other worlds. Since their debut LP, In The Wooded Forest, they’ve amicably parted ways with Cantora, the label responsible for launching MGMT’s early career.